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Horse Tracks 12/22/09 - Buckhalter expected to return to face former mates; Hill's status uncertain

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DB - Paying Tribute to Barrel Man - Broncos TV

DB - Week 16 - Mon: McDaniels - Broncos TV

DB - Weekly Press Release - Patrick Smyth

DB - Striving for Stability - Zach Eisendrath
"You can break down statistics however much you want to," McDaniels said. "The bottom line is we gave up way too many big runs, obviously."

"There was a common thing from the standpoint of where it happened," Nolan said. "It happened on cutbacks — all but two of them. And it really just has to do with the responsibility to stay home … We have to do a better job of maintaining our responsibility on the cutback. It was really just a case of us over-pursuing on the backside."

DPP - Streaky Broncos want to break one, start one vs. Eagles - Jim Armstrong

DPP - Red zone turns to dread zone - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Broncos couldn't stop their own old blocking scheme - Mike Klis
"After missing Sunday's game because of an ankle injury, running back Correll Buckhalter said he will play this weekend against Philadelphia, his former team. Free safety Renaldo Hill, whose presence was missed on those cutback runs against the Raiders, will be a bit more questionable to play because of his ankle injury. "I am hopeful on both," McDaniels said...As it stands, the Broncos have a top 10 pick in the April draft. The Broncos acquired the Bears' 2010 first-round pick through the Orton-Jay Cutler trade."

DPP - Moreno not in running to get job done for Broncos - Woody Paige
Wow. Woody clearly does not like Knowshon Moreno. I wonder what the guy did; I mean, he sure seems like a nice kid. Has he been consistently spectacular? Absolutely not. Are the no-gainers a killer? Yes. But if you're going to cite stats like this, then how about comparing them to the league average, or to another player, at least? I am a stats guy myself; they can explain an awful lot. But when you're going to cite things like no-gainers and carries for loss, you're entering a realm of numbers where nobody knows what's normal, what's good, or what's bad. Yeah, the numbers sound poor - but how about a frame of reference, Woody? That's just irresponsible. Plus, no mention that Knowshon has produced the most yards from scrimmage of any non-QB rookie this year...

DPP - Analysis: Broncos struggling to convert short-yardage plays - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Eagles sure to look for passing lane against Broncos - Jeff Legwold

DP - Eagles anticipating Dawkins homecoming - Lindsay Jones

DP - Broncos Mailbag: Hillis mystery lingers - Mike Klis

DPP - Q&A: NFL showing interest in UFL players - Jeff Legwold

CSG - McDaniels says Broncos "far from being dead" - Frank Schwab

LTC - Missed opportunity - Brian Howell

LTC - Red zone woes continue for Broncos - Brian Howell

CBS4 - Elway: Short-Yardage Situations Hurting Broncos - Matthew Buettner

DB - Redzone Blues vs Black and Silver - Mark Cooper

DB - Ask Andre' Goodman...

AP - Sliding Broncos - Pat Graham

FH - No Fines Likely for Ochocinco, Marshall - Dave Goldberg

Eagles News

PI - Eagles Notes: Brian Westbrook expected back Sunday - Bob Brookover

PDN - Westbrook's return will add counterpunch to Eagles' offense - Les Bowen

PI - On Dawkins, Eagles' Reid refuses to take the bait - Phil Sheridan

PDN - Reid between the lines: Eagles miss Dawkins - Sam Donnellon

PI - Dawkins not easily replaced - Bob Brookover

PDN - Eagles Notebook: Eagles rookie Maclin will practice but return uncertain - Les Bowen

PI - Eagles to clash with "brother" Dawkins - Jeff McLane

FH - Fresh-Faced, First-Place Eagles Keep Andy Reid Young - Dan Graziano

NFL Results

NFL - New York Giants 45 at Washington Redskins 12

SI - Giants, 'Skins headed in opposite direction as season comes to close - Don Banks

FH - Bah, Humbug! These Giants Still Aren't True Contenders - Dan Graziano

AFC West News

OT - JaMarcus Russell doesn't reclaim Raiders starting QB job despite late-game heroics - Jerry McDonald

OT - Coach Tom Cable remains committed, but are Davis, Raiders? - Monte Poole

OT - Cable: Circumstances dictate Bush’s use - Jerry McDonald

SDUT - Will there be holiday spirits? - Tim Sullivan

SDUT - Christmas is coming too fast for Chargers - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Turner has praise for players, coaches who saved season - Kevin Acee

KCS - Chiefs’ rushing defense has been run ragged - Adam Teicher

NFL News

NYT - Playoff Possibilities After Week 15 - Toni Monkovic
How about that? Lose to the Raiders, and we end up with a (small) chance to clinch a playoff spot this week...that's what happens when nobody else bothers to step up either...

PFW - Week 16 matchup tidbits

NFL - To the rescue: Holmgren agrees to join Browns as team president

NFL - No good: Folk cut by Cowboys, who sign K Suisham as replacement

NFL - Bench Favre? Vikings coach Childress considered it vs. Panthers

NFL - Double whammy: Titans LBs Bulluck, Thornton done for the season

NFL - Bengals prepare for Henry's funeral after enduring emotional week

NFL Opinion

NFP - The Monday Tavern - Mike Lombardi
"Denver gave up a first-round draft pick this year for the right to draft Alphonso Smith of Wake Forest in the second round. However, Smith is struggling to cover anyone, and the pick looks very disappointing, especially when he can’t cover any of the big wideouts of the Raiders."

NFL - Cowboys suddenly have reason for hope in December - Mike Lombardi

NFL - Six from Sunday: Some teams will end up kicking themselves - Pat Kirwan

NYT - Week 15 Quick Hits: Adrian Peterson, Prime-Time Disappointment - Andy Benoit

CBS - Monday Musings - Pete Prisco

CBS - Prisco Grades: Week 15

NFP - Owners will embrace uncapped year - Jack Bechta

SI - Tony Romo carries Cowboys; Panthers stun Vikings; more - Peter King

Y! - Unscripted Ochocinco lets emotions take over - Mike Silver

NFP - Ocho foiled by ‘league above players’ thinking - Andrew Brandt

FH - Diva Favre Sparks Needless Controversy - Jay Mariotti

Y! - Favre episode causes predictable waves - Dan Wetzel

FOX - The Day After: Is Favre coach and QB? - John Czarnecki

NFP - What do we think of Cutler now? - Matt Bowen
"From a football standpoint, or from the view of analyzing the X’s and O’s of his season, he almost seems to be predetermined when he comes out the huddle — throwing the ball in places on the field that we usually see from a rookie — and a bad rookie at that."

PFW - Holmgren's arrival another big change for Browns - Mike Wilkening

CBS - Idiotic play call seals Zorn's doom in Washington - Gregg Doyel

SN - NFL Power Poll: Colts shouldn't let up down the stretch - Clifton Brown

NFP - Two junior linemen with impact potential - Wes Bunting